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Kirthi Shankar

Dougherty Valley High SchoolClass of 2023



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How the Interest of US Twitter Users in Environmental Issues Varies Per Region

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Social media sites offer platforms for its users to share their concerns about current events, including environmental issues. This study analyzes how Twitter users from different regions of the United States talk about environmental issues, and how discussion about seven specific environmental issues varies across regions. To investigate how factors like geographic proximity play a role in similarity in environment-related concerns between regions, we looked at hashtag similarity between regions and the frequency of discussion about the seven different environmental topics per region. Additionally, we used natural language processing techniques to see how much environmental issues–such as air pollution and oil spills–played a role in Twitter discussion. Our data suggests that users are more likely to tweet about issues that are local to the region they live in, and that environmental issues do not play a huge role in Twitter discussion.